Environmental Competitions

The Great Schools Challenge

2020 Competition now open

1st prize wins £5,000
2nd prize wins £3,500
3rd prize wins £1,500



We want to encourage more young people to get involved in the protection of our planet, therefore we run 2 competitions:


  1. 'Young Environmentalist of the Year' which is a competition solely for individual young people aged under18.  

  2. 'The Great Schools Challenge' which is a competition that schools / colleges can enter with a small group not exceeding 7 pupils.  The 2020 competition is now open.

The Competition


The raison d'être is exactly the same for both competitions: to create an environmental protection project and produce a project record consisting of documentary evidence via a digital film presentation and a written report of the project.  The digital film documentary produced should be no longer than 15 minutes in duration. It is your project choice but it must have the ethos of protecting the natural world and contribute towards tackling climate change.  The rules and entry form for each competition are set out below.

For a downloadable PDF of The Great School Challenge 

Competition Rules please click on the icon.

The Great Schools Challenge

Competition Rules

This English Language Version of the competition rules (‘the Rules’) is binding.


  • Entry is free.

  • The Great Schools Challenge Competition (‘the Competition’) is owned by Ecocert International Ltd (‘the Owners’).

  • The Competition is open to any state school / college or independent school registered with the Department of Education on 1st January. 

  • Any contact with the Owners regarding the Competition (unless specified otherwise below) should be via the email address: tgsc@ecocert.co

  • Selected entries to the Competition may be displayed in an exhibition, toured nationally and internationally, featured online or in publicity materials all at the choosing of Ecocert. 

  • Ecocert International Ltd is a company registered in England (company number 11776902 and the revenues generated by the Competition support not only the continued existence of the Competition but also forestry expansion activity.

  • The project record documentary must be via digital film and must not be longer than 15 minutes in duration. Film entries submitted outside of the stated time parameter will be disqualified.

  • An independent panel of experts comprising a chair and judges (‘the Jury’) will be appointed by the Owners to review the submissions. From the submissions reviewed the following awards will be given: 

  1. 1st place recipient receives £5,000

  2. 2nd place recipient receives 3,500

  3. 3rd place recipient receives £1,500

  • Prize awards will be made solely at the discretion of the judges. No feedback or correspondence will be entered into about the results and the judges' decisions are final.


  • All entries must be submitted by the entry deadline.

  • Entries must be fully submitted under the required process in order to qualify.  Confirmation of successful submission will be provided by email. 


  • All entry submissions must be made through the online entry form.

  • Any requested information and the digital film files must be provided through email to tgsc@ecocert.co

  • Where a word count requirement exists, entries exceeding the word count will be disqualified. 

  • By entering the Competition, the school agrees to maintain the highest standards in all matters relating to the Competition and not to do or say anything that does or might damage the reputation of Ecocert, the Competition, the other entrants, or the official partners, supporters, or sponsors of the Competition. 

  • The school acknowledges that entry into the Competition does not grant any rights in any intellectual property rights of the Competition and/or the Owners, and agrees not to use any names, logos or other intellectual property rights of any of them or to make any public statement regarding any of them without the prior written consent of the Owners.

  • Each school must gain the permission of a parent or guardian of any pupil that wishes to participate in the Competition. It is the responsibility of the school to ensure that each pupil (and the pupil’s parent or guardian) have read and will abide by these Rules. A PDF of the rules is below.

  • By submitting an entry, the school agrees to the Rules, that their entry complies with the Rules, and that they will be liable to the Owners and their licensees in respect of any damages or losses incurred as a breach of the Rules. 

  • School entrants are not permitted to submit photographic images that: 

  1. have previously been awarded any prize, recommendation or other award in any international competition. 

  2. portray captive or restrained animals, animals in distress, animal models, and/or any other animal being exploited for profit. 

  3. portray animals that have been captured with the use of live bait.

  • Any entry found not to comply with the Rules at any stage of the Competition may be disqualified and no refunds or allowances will be made in the event of disqualification and any prizes will be forfeited. The decision of the Owners on all matters relating to the Competition is final and binding. No negotiation will be considered. 

  • The Owners reserve the right to amend the Rules and to waive breach of the Rules at their sole discretion, acting reasonably. 

  • ​By entering this competition, the school and all pupil entrants are indicating the school's and his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.


Any breach of the Competition Ethics below will constitute a breach of the Rules.

  • School entrants are required to document on digital film and report on the work that they have done to protect the natural world in a way that is both creative and honest. 

  • Entries must not deceive the viewer or attempt to disguise and/or misrepresent the reality of nature. 

  • Any information supplied must be complete, true and accurate. 

  • School entrants must not do anything to injure or distress any animal or damage its habitat as a consequence of their work. 

  • If the Owners suspect that an entry has been achieved through the use of illegal, cruel or unethical practices the entry will be disqualified and the Owners reserve the right to report the entrant to the applicable authorities. 


  • If supporting material is required, this will be requested via email. 

  • Digital film files must not exceed the maximum upload limit of 10MB per entry. 

  • Any uploaded file must not include any 'special' characters e.g. _ / ( ) & * “ in the name.

  • Where the school includeds a website / link as part of an entry, please ensure any URLs, access details, usernames and passwords needed for judging are supplied and are in full working order. Sites that cannot be viewed will be eliminated from the judging.


  • All entries must contain full contact details for a main point of contact should it be necessary for us obtain any points of clarification. 

  • If your entry is shortlisted, all entry form details e.g. The School Name as completed in the online entry process will be used on Awards collateral (e.g. Website, Awards graphics, Awards Supplement, and in the event that the entry wins, on the trophy). Copy will adhere to the Ecocert brand’s house style. 

  • We accept no responsibility for any incorrectly submitted digital film entry or additional required information. 

  • We accept no responsibility for any issues that arise concerning approval once the entry has been submitted.

  • Proof of electronic submission is not proof of receipt by the Owners.

  • The Owners cannot be held responsible for emails that do not arrive due to an entrant’s email security settings or restrictions imposed by their Internet Service Provider. Entrants must ensure that their settings accept emails from tgsc@ecocert.co

  • The Owners regret that they cannot accept liability for any loss or damage to any submission entered into the Competition howsoever caused or for any other loss or damage as a result.

  • The Owners regret that they cannot accept liability for the misuse of photographic images and/or failure of any third party to comply with the Competition’s credit guidelines. 

  • Non-awarded entries submitted into the Competition may be stored by the Owners but will not be returned by the Owners after the names of awarded competitors are announced.

  • Except where expressly stated elsewhere in the Rules, the Owners regret that, to the fullest extent permitted by law, they cannot accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered by any entrant in relation to the Competition.


  • All school entrants agree that, if their entry is selected by the Jury, they will participate in related publicity and agree to the use of their the school and pupil names and likeness for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity of the Competition and/or the Exhibition and Touring Exhibition without additional compensation. 

  • All school entrants agree that their entry submission and any additional information may be used before and after the Competition for promotion of the Competition.


  • Digital video film submitted must be the original work of the school entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party.

  • The school entrant must be the sole owner of the copyright of any photographic evidence in the entry’s submission.  

  • Ownership of the copyright in any entry submitted to the Competition will remain with the copyright owner but this will not prohibit the use of the entry collateral in the promotion of the Competition and all school entrants waive their right to any financial compensation where the entry collateral is used in any promotion or marketing activity.

  • By entering the Competition, the school entrant grants to the Owners a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to publish, exhibit and communicate to the public, at any time and by any means and in all media throughout the world, any entry. This licence is granted only for use in relation to the Competition, Marketing, Exhibition and Touring Exhibition, which shall include (with the right to sub-license where necessary) - but will not be limited to - any of the following uses:

  1. the process of judging the Competition.

  2. display during the awards ceremony, Exhibition and Touring Exhibition. 

  3. publication in magazines or print media which the Owners (or their official partners, supporters, or sponsors) may produce. 

  4. publication on relevant parts of the Owners’ website, including within interactive elements available for viewing or download. 

  5. in publicity materials (including social media).


  • The personal data of school entrants will be managed by the Owners in accordance with GDPR legislation. 

  • The Owners will collect personal data about entrants and the entrant’s parent/guardian at the time of registration, and as otherwise provided in order to administer the Competition and/or all associated activities. 

The Great School Challenge - Registration Form